Education Advocate

First Place for Youth
August 3, 2022
San Francisco, CA
Job Type

Description Are you ready to make an impact?
Join a diverse, mission-driven team working in five San Francisco Bay Area counties, Los Angeles, and Jackson, Mississippi, to put success within reach for transition-age foster youth.

Our team shows up every day ready to make a difference in the lives of young people who’ve grown up in foster care. We believe in the limitless potential of all people, and we’re working to remove the individual and systemic barriers that stand between foster youth and their goals.

Our innovative approach blends cutting-edge data science, individualized, youth-driven supports, and strategic partnerships with providers, stakeholders, and policymakers to drive lasting change at all levels.

First Place for Youth believes our shared purpose, More is Possible, is a call to action for diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout our policy and practice network. We are committed to becoming a more inclusive multicultural organization that prioritizes the belonging and quality of life of all our program participants and staff members.

where can i buy prednisone online Some of the great Benefits of working at First Place for Youth:

Competitive Compensation
Comprehensive benefits package, including 90% paid premium for medical and well as 70 % paid premiums for dependents.
15 vacation days ,12 sick days 14 holidays and 2 floating days per year
401k retirement plan with 4% employer match after 1 year of service
Employer-paid Employee Assistance programs and Life Insurance
Excellent clinical training, individual and group supervision, and assistance towards licensure.
Opportunities to develop specialized skills, including clinical supervision and evidence-based practices
Annual performance evaluations provide the potential for a salary increase each year


Position Summary : First Foundation focuses on stabilizing in-care foster youth with the goal of helping participants achieve their high school diploma and continue on to post-secondary education. The Education Advocate plays a critical role in supporting a young person as they deal with the excitement, rigors and uncertainty of adulthood and departure from foster care. This position works closely with providers, such as social workers, attorneys, group home personnel, teachers, mental health clinicians and administrators to ensure participants successfully obtain their high school diploma or equivalent. Critical youth objectives are attaining a high school diploma, identifying permanent connections, enrolling in post-secondary education as well as exploring vocational training and end employment opportunities. The Education Advocate facilitates groups while working with the primary providers in each participants’ life to bring about a successful and smooth transition from high school. There will be a portion of this work that will need to be done virtually due to COVID safety measures, however there will be a combination of virtual and in person work required.

Essential Duties and RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Ability to build and maintain trusting relationships with high school students and community partners.
  • Conduct individual case management meetings to assist participants with identifying and progressing towards short term goals that focus on achieving outcomes in the areas of education, employment, stable housing, parenting, relationships and overall health.
  • Create and facilitate ongoing in person or virtual workshops that address a myriad of topics that support educational progress.
  • Attend IEP meetings and other collaborative meetings to ensure participants are progressing towards identified educational goals.
  • Coordinate and facilitate collaborative meetings that include pertinent service providers to advocate for clients’ needs regarding their educational and program goals.
  • Assist participants with identifying supportive connections in their life to aid in the successful achievement of their program goals and to strengthen their support network as they transition towards independence.
  • Coordinate with referral agencies, identify community resources, track participants’ progress, and develop creative interventions that allow participants to practice and strengthen their independent living skills.
  • Attend weekly program meetings, monthly agency staff meetings, and individual weekly supervision with Senior Program Manager-SF ILSP.
  • Enter all data on time and efficiently to support program evaluation and outcomes tracking.
  • Ensure proper and timely documentation of services including written case notes.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues across the organization and within respective department.

Position Competencies and REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in Education or related field preferred.
  • Three years’ of experience working with at-risk youth, preferably current and former foster youth.
  • One year of experience working with youth in career development and job placement capacities preferred.
  • Excellent knowledge of education and employment resources for youth in the Bay Area.
  • General knowledge of the issues facing transitioning foster youth
  • Ability to lead teams and hold internal and external members accountable.
  • Understanding of how the child welfare system operates, and roles and responsibilities within the child welfare system.
  • Experience in youth development model, asset-based relationship building, and experience in motivating youth.
  • A dependable car, valid driver’s license, and proof of insurance preferred.
  • Must be able to pass a Community Care Licensing background check
  • ATTENTION TO DETAIL – Ability to work with high level of detail, work has high level of professional polish down to smallest details, documents and products are well thought out and clear, database is organized and up to date.
  • DRIVEN BY ACCOMPLISHMENT – Clarity on project goals, finished projects are thorough and delivered on time. High level of personal accountability for the quality and impact of work
  • COMPUTER SKILLS -- Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications including MS Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint, Project and Outlook. Experience with database systems is a plus.
  • STRONG COMMUNICATION SKILLS – Exceptional oral and written communication skills including the demonstrated ability to research, assimilate, and analyze information, compose engaging messages, and present data in a clear and inspiring manner.
  • HIGH LEVEL OF PROFESSIONALISM – A high level of professionalism in work and interpersonal interactions with both internal and external contacts, presents to others as organized, informed, and friendly.
  • DECISIVE NATURE - Well-honed ability to independently anticipate and analyze situations, define problems and objectives, recognize viable alternatives, and formulate rapid solutions, with understanding of the inherent risks and the implications of making tough decisions.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Committed to First Place for Youth’s dedication to thread accountability across all efforts to support and sustain a racially equitable organization. Demonstrate a passion of advancing organizational DEI objectives and influencing others to approach all work with an equity lens. Promote processes and communication that encourage organizational cultural competence and inclusion.
  • AVAILABILITY for some evening and weekend work and for travel as needed.


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